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water beetle

any of various aquatic beetles, as a predaceous diving beetle.
Origin of water beetle
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Do you know, I have found a splendid specimen of the water beetle dytiscus marginatus.

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • Under natural conditions, the caddis worm has its persecutors, the most formidable of whom appears to be the water beetle.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The water beetle referred to is the Gyrinus, locally known as mellow bug or apple beetle.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • water beetle darted in every direction over the surface of the water, but it could find no place to rest.

  • Then water beetle dived to the bottom of the water and brought up some soft mud.

  • You look up on either side to the towering cliffs, and feel like a water beetle in the bottom of a gigantic cup.

    Among the Canadian Alps Lawrence J. Burpee
  • At length a water beetle, of the family known as Whirligigs, thrust itself out of the lake, and began capering upon the surface.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
British Dictionary definitions for water beetle

water beetle

any of various beetles of the families Dysticidae, Hydrophilidae, etc, that live most of the time in freshwater ponds, rivers, etc See whirligig beetle
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